Anam Inc., a privately owned Canadian corporation, has decided to create a very large development between Oracle Junction and Florence Arizona and has hired Remington Properties, L.L.C to do the development.
The site of the proposed development is one of Anam's holdings in Arizona, the Willow Springs Ranch. The Willow Springs Ranch is some 182,000 acres in size, of which Anam owns approximately 19,000 acres, the remainder being state trust land or federal land.
Pinal County Commissioners: Willow Springs is 'Speculative'
In October of 2000, Alex
Arqueta of Remington Properties, presented a proposal to rezone the Anam
holdings to the Pinal County commissioners seeking their recommendation
that the Pinal County board of supervisors hear the re-zoning request to
allow development of all of the Anam holdings.
The sheer scale of the proposed South Village of Willow Springs shows that the term "village" is being used only to market the development, and does not in any way indicate it's size.
The sheer scale of the proposed South Village of Willow Springs brings key questions to mind --- including:
Do Anam Inc. and Remington Properties, L.L.C. really have the financial wherewithal to build the South Village of Willow Springs? Is there really an intent to build this large development, or is this "scaled back version" also land speculation (e.g. rezone, then sell the land, rezone, then try to get investors, etc.)?
The South Village of Willow Springs is situated a few miles north of the Page-Trowbridge radioactive/toxic waste dump and will pump water from the aquifer beneath Page-Trowbridge to meet the demands imposed by the South Village.
Is there sufficient water to support a development the size of the South Village of Willow Springs, much less the size of the development at build out?
One way to get an idea of the size of willow springs is to compare it with the size of other Arizona towns, other proposed developments as well as with the size of the aquifer that feeds it.
A Visual Comparison of
Some Similarities and
Differences Between Anthem and the South "Village" of Willow Springs Ranch
Since there are no rivers or creeks in Falcon Valley, all water must come from groundwater. Mark Cross, a hydrologist hired by Remington Properties, confirmed that the water for the South "Village" of Willow Springs will come from the aquifer that lies to the south of the "village."
In order to get a sense of
the size of the aquifer it is necessary to view it in terms of the demand
for water placed on the aquifer; that is, it is necessary to view the aquifer
with respect to the communities which currently pump water from it.
& Other Arizona Cities and Towns
The following images may assist readers to get a sense of the scale of the South "Village" of Willow Springs by comparing the size of the South "Village" with the size of various other Arizona cities and towns.
The technique used is to
use a portion of the map supplied by Remington Properties, cut out the
area representing the South "Village", then overlay it on appropriately
scaled maps of various towns and cities in Arizona. This allows the portion
of the city or town to show through the cut out area for the South "Village"
of Willow Springs. The figures below illustrate the technique:
Except for the largest cities,
most don't begin to fill the South "Village" of Willow Springs Ranch.
of the sections of land shown on the map of the South Village; a section of land is 1 mile on a side.
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